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2010 a year of irresistible charm nzballet.org.nz


welcome 

every royal new zealand ballet performance is an to offer works that will not only continue to linger also to offer a break from reality; an escape from the

experience that leaves a lasting impression. we strive and resonate long after you have left the theatre, but everyday.

Our 2010 line-up provides the perfect tonic to revive, inspire and invigorate. From a new commission by young Kiwi choreographer and former Royal New Zealand Ballet dancer Andrew Simmons, to the stylish and sexy Carmen and the much-loved family favourite, The Nutcracker, we plan to take you on three different and captivating journeys.

Join us and immerse yourself in a diverse and uplifting year of dance.

Share the experience. Become a subscriber. buy tickets to two or more seasons and get the best prices, best

seats and best benefits. 

best prices Subscribers save 20% on adult prices for Inner Circle, Premium, 

best seats As a subscriber you can secure the best available seats in the house

A Reserve and B Reserve seats. And with our flexi-payment plan you can spread the cost of your tickets over the year.* best benefits We give you the flexibility to change your tickets to another night and, if you decide to bring friends, additional tickets at regular prices can be purchased at any time through the RNZB Customer Service Desk 0800 4 DANCE (0800 432 623).* Also, a free programme, essential reading for your night at the ballet, will be posted to your door before the show.

company artists brendan bradshaw & clytie campbell photos ross brown

without the bother of having to book before each show. talk to us Ring the RNZB Customer Service Desk 0800 4 DANCE (0800 432 623) to discuss how we can tailor-make a subscription package to suit you. Please see the last page of the brochure for further subscriber information. *all subscription bookings, flexi-payments, additional ticket purchases and ticket exchanges are subject to a service fee.


Elegant and thought-provoking, the TOWER Season of From Here

to There provides a trio of works from New Zealand and overseas.

A Song In The Dark is the much-anticipated new work by one of New Zealand’s emerging choreographic talents, Andrew Simmons. Set to music by Philip Glass and embracing themes of missed opportunities, love and beauty in the ordinary; Simmons injects a new sense of style and energy to classical ballet. Acclaimed UK-based choreographer Christopher Hampson – creator of RNZB’s Cinderella and Romeo & Juliet – returns down under to deck dancers out in black tutus for the premiere of his work Poulenc Variations.

Inspired by Poulenc’s Concert Champêtre, this dynamic new commission featuring the full company is guaranteed to dazzle. David Dawson’s sublime A Million Kisses to My Skin was first performed by the Royal New Zealand Ballet in 2005. Capturing the tempo of Bach’s Piano Concerto No. 1, this fluid and visually stunning work has been described as a “bravura vocabulary of movement that swoops, dips and swirls and is passed on from dancer to dancer as though they are sharing the sheer joy of movement”.

a song in the dark

poulenc variations

a million kisses to my skin

Choreographer Andrew Simmons Music Philip Glass – Tirol Concerto for Piano & Orchestra; Tissue No. 1 for Cello, Piano & Percussion; The Poet Acts Lighting Jordan Tuinman

Choreographer Christopher Hampson Music Concert Champêtre by Francis Poulenc Design Gary Harris Lighting Jordan Tuinman

Choreographer & set design David Dawson Music Piano Concerto No. 1 by JS Bach Costume design Yumiko Takeshima Lighting Bert Dalhuysen, recreated by Jordan Tuinman

The TOWER Season of 

from here to there 

dunedin 25 february invercargill 28 february christchurch 4 – 6 march hastings 9 & 10 march hamilton 13 & 14 march auckland 17 – 20 march wellington 24 – 27 march

company artist brendan bradshaw


The Meridian Season of

Carmen’s allure is the stuff of legend. Sizzlingly seductive,

few can resist her charms.

carmen  

An electrifying contemporary ballet, set in modern day Rio de Janeiro, Carmen is guaranteed to set pulses racing. This stylish, sensuous production featuring Didy Veldman’s powerful choreography has been hailed as “brilliant dance theatre” and a “raunchy and fast-paced production not to be missed”. Working in a cigarette factory by day and hanging out with a band of seedy small-time crooks at her local bar by night – follow the world’s most famous man-eating manipulator as she breaks hearts with her unscrupulous ways. company artist abigail boyle

wellington 5 & 6 june & 9 – 12 june Featuring the Vector Wellington Orchestra

invercargill 17 - 19 june christchurch 23 – 26 june

Featuring the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra

palmerston north 29 & 30 june napier 3 & 4 july auckland 7 – 10 july

Featuring the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Choreographer Didy Veldman Director Patricia Doyle Music Georges Bizet Production Designer Lez Brotherston Lighting Designer Mark Henderson A Northern Ballet (UK) Production


the nutcracker  Just what the doctor wellington 29 – 31 october & 3 – 6 november

Featuring the Vector Wellington Orchestra

invercargill 11 – 13 november christchurch 17 – 20 november

Featuring the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra

company artists adriana harper & benjamin chown

palmerston north 23 & 24 november napier 27 & 28 november auckland 1 – 5 december

Featuring the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

ordered – a Christmas classic with a twist. Set in a children’s hospital, Gary Harris’ reworked version of one of the world’s most-loved ballets is a treat for all ages. The adventure begins on Christmas morning when Clara’s rat-bag brother, Fritz, clouts her over the head with her beloved nutcracker doll. Delirious with concussion, Clara is rushed to hospital where she enters a fantasy world brought to life by Kristian Fredrikson’s eye-popping, bold designs inspired by Hollywood’s big studio era. Be dazzled by whirling snow imps and tango-ing tea-ladies as Tchaikovsky’s magical score transports you straight into the festive season. Choreographer Gary Harris Additional choreography Adrian Burnett Music Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Design Kristian Fredrikson


what if you only saw two thirds of the ballet? if you have ever attended a royal new zealand ballet performance you will understand our commitment to creating magical and memorable experiences. what you may not know is that ticket sales and funding from government only cover 70% of our operating budget. we depend on supporters and generous donors to help make up the difference.

The Dress Circle – Play your part Play your part in securing the future of your national ballet company by joining the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s Dress Circle. As a Dress Circle donor you enable us to create new productions and continue to push the boundaries of artistic excellence. In return you have the unique opportunity to enhance your Royal New Zealand Ballet experience with behind-the-scenes access and invitations to select events. Donations to the Dress Circle start at $250.

the circle from $250

Priority booking Complimentary copies of Dance News  Invitation to annual Dress   Circle morning tea and company class viewing

dance circle from $500

All of the Circle, plus  Acknowledgment in all show programmes  One complimentary programme for every two tickets purchased

creative circle from $1,000

All of the Dance Circle, plus  Two complimentary tickets for every $1,000 contributed  Exclusive backstage tour  Invitation to annual Dress Circle   lunch with cast and production team members and company class viewing

premiere circle from $5,000

All of the Creative Circle, plus  Invitations to exclusive opening night   post-performance functions with dancers,   staff and sponsors  The opportunity to invite dancers and members of the company to join your   guests at hospitality events

director’s circle from $10,000

All of the Premiere Circle, plus  Director’s Circle members play a crucial   role in enabling us to maintain international standards and fulfill future ambitions. Working closely with the Artistic Director and General Manager, your support will be directed to a project that is of particular interest to you.

Join the Dress Circle by completing the details on the Subscription Series Booking Form. There are a number of other ways to support the Royal New Zealand Ballet, including Bequests & Endowments and our Partner a Dancer programme. For more information please contact Diane Whisker-Field, Sponsorship and Partnerships Executive. Phone 09 379 4004, or email diane@nzballet.org.nz

friends of the ballet

Keeping our dancers on their toes

each year the royal new zealand ballet buys over a thousand pairs of pointe shoes, all of which have to be imported at considerable cost. friends’ fundraising helps to foot this bill.

Become a Friend or Young Friend and enjoy a range of benefits

15% saving on two tickets to each Royal New Zealand Ballet season Half price entry to Dance Explorer Education & Community activities Invitations to get behind-the-scenes and watch company class Activities coordinated by your local branch

Become a Friend by completing the details on the Subscription Series Booking Form. For further information about Friends of the Royal New Zealand Ballet please contact the National Administrator. Phone 04 381 9000, or email susie@nzballet.org.nz

photo stephen a’court


dance explorer

dance explorer is a dynamic programme of events and activities promoting dance & enabling you to get more out of your royal new zealand ballet experience.

Lion Foundation Education & Community

show talks & discussions

Enhance your enjoyment of performances and build your ballet knowledge by attending question and answer sessions and discussion forums featuring Royal New Zealand Ballet artistic staff and expert guests.

behind the scenes

Feel the anticipation and energy as our dancers and backstage crew prepare for the curtain to go up and the show to begin. Theatre Tours and Warming Up, Curtain Up – where you get to watch our dancers’ pre-show preparations – give you a unique perspective on what goes on before show time.

schools’ activities & performances The Royal New Zealand Ballet education team travels the country, bringing dance to the young people of New Zealand. We offer a range of workshops, linking to National Curriculum requirements, that introduce choreographic techniques, give insight into musical influences and develop performance confidence. Adaptable to all ages and abilities, our workshops aim to provide an enjoyable, inspiring and memorable experience for every student. We also present special schools’ matinees, tailored to fit school timetables.

dancer development

We are committed to nurturing the dance stars of tomorrow and supporting New Zealand’s dance community. From our home at the St James Theatre in Wellington and around the country, we provide a range of masterclasses, mentoring opportunities and professional development programmes.

the lion foundation proudly supports dance explorer

for further information on dance explorer visit nzballet.org.nz/education


more reasons to subscribe four easy ways to book

spread your payments

keep in touch

flexibility

security

inner circle subscriptions

Subscribe by phone, fax, mail or select your seats in person by booking over the counter at your local theatre.

Subscribers paying by credit card can use our flexi-payment option for paying in two or three instalments*. See the Subscription Series Booking Form for more details.

Receive your home-delivered copy of our company newsletter Dance News, which is packed with news and interesting information about the Royal New Zealand Ballet.

Should something come up and you need to exchange your tickets for an alternative performance, simply call the RNZB Customer Service Desk 0800 4 DANCE (0800 432 623) and we will make the arrangements.*

We know that tickets can get lost. If the worst does happen, we can arrange a Lost Ticket Pass for you.

If excellent seating is your priority, choose the Inner Circle subscription package to secure the very best seats in the house. Only available in Wellington & Auckland. Inner Circle seating may be limited on opening nights.

handy information important dates  5 – 18 October existing subscribers’ preferential booking period  19 – 29 October new subscribers’ preferential booking period  30 October public box office opens for individual show sales how to book All booking information is contained in the attached booking form. seating policy All bookings are processed in order of receipt. Priority will be given to existing subscribers whose booking forms are received before 19 October. From 20 October all subscription bookings will be processed. After 30 October the general public can purchase tickets to individual shows. discounts Subscription bookings are available for Inner Circle, Premium, A Reserve and B Reserve seating categories. Purchase tickets to two or more seasons in 2010 and receive a 20% discount off regular adult prices. Subscribers can purchase additional tickets to single seasons at regular prices at any time through the RNZB Customer Service Desk 0800 4 DANCE (0800 432 623)*.

programmes Programmes contain detailed information about the season, dancer biographies

and photographs. Subscribers receive one programme for every two subscription seats booked. Inner Circle subscribers receive one programme per subscription seat booked. Programmes are posted to you approximately one week before each season.

children’s tickets The Royal New Zealand Ballet has launched a new pricing initiative, making it easier and more affordable for children to go to the ballet. Children’s ticket prices for 2010 seasons are $35 for Premium seats and $25 for all other seating categories. Children’s tickets can be booked as part of your subscription package. Note: Children’s tickets are not available for Inner Circle seating. Subscriber discount does not apply to Children’s tickets.

information & bookings auckland 09 357 3354 9am – 5pm Mon to Fri hawke’s bay 06 835 2702 9am – 5pm Mon to Fri palmerston north 06 357 9740 9am – 5pm Mon to Fri  wellington and christchurch 0800 RNZB SUBS (0800 769 278) 9am – 5pm Mon to Fri dunedin 03 447 8597 9am – 5pm Mon to Fri  invercargill 03 211 1692 9am – 5pm Mon to Fri  rnzb customer service desk 0800 432 623 9am – 5pm Mon to Fri the royal new zealand ballet reserves the right to alter any advertised schedule of artists and performances without notice.

company artist abigail boyle

all seating and ticket exchanges are subject to availability. *all subscription bookings, flexi-payments, additional ticket purchases and ticket exchanges are subject to a service fee.


the royal new zealand ballet is grateful to the following sponsors for their loyal support. the continued success and artistic growth of the company depends on the vital contribution of each of these organisations to bring ballet of excellence to the people of new zealand. national sponsor

funded by

season sponsors

the tower season of from here to there

the meridian season of carmen

major supporters

supporting education and community

supporters

trusts

partner a dancer agincourt holdings ltd., asia new zealand foundation, laurie coon foundation, friedlander foundation, friends of the royal new zealand ballet, golden edge nelson pine industries, meridian, newstalk zb, ron and margaret saunders trust, rua & clarrie stevens charitable trust, the pye foundation, the todd corporation ltd., the wallace arts trust suppliers belle vie event stylists, bendon limited, bunnings warehouse, caffe l’affare, the daily squeeze, the getfunkd group, just water, logan brown restaurant and bar, poplars apartment hotel, robt. jones holdings ltd

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Royal New Zealand Ballet 2010 Season Brochure